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Archive for September 12th, 2022

FBI Surveilled Aretha Franklin, Detroit’s ‘Queen of Soul,’ For Years

By Allan Lengel

Detroit’s “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, who was involved with civil rights groups, was surveilled for years by the FBI, a 270-page document shows, according to NPR. She died in 2018.

Aretha Franklin in 2005 (Deposit Photos)

NPR reports that informants provided information about Franklin for possibly appearing at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s 1967 and 1968 national conventions, in Atlanta and Memphis, respectively.

Copies of “The Atlanta Voice” newspaper were distributed to FBI offices around the country reporting her visit to town.

Franklin, who died at age 76, and was listed in the Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Times,” was involved in the civil rights movement through her music and personal connections, NPR reports. In 1970 she offered to pay the bail for Angela Davis, who had been arrested for kidnapping, conspiracy and murder. She was eventually acquitted.

Fake DEA Agents Assault Man with Guns, Steal His Car

By Steve Neavling

Two armed men masquerading as DEA agents beat a man and shoved him into his own car before driving off in New York City. 

The encounter was captured on surveillance, NYPD Crime Stoppers wrote Friday.

The incident occurred around 3 a.m. Aug. 10 in Queens. 

The impersonators beat the 31-year-old man with their guns and punched him before forcing him into his own car. 

At some point, the armed men fled after dumping the victim in the middle of the street. 

The suspects took off with the victim’s wallet containing $1,700, his cellphone and credit card. 

Surveillance footage captured the masked men inside an elevator.

CBP’s West Texas Twitter Account under Fire for Offensive Retweets

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By Steve Neavling

CBP deactivated its Twitter account for the West Texas region following retweets criticizing President Biden and the media. 

The content included retweets from Stephen Miller, the architect of former President Trump’s hard-line immigration policies. 

CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said the content was removed, and the Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating. 

“Totally unacceptable and disappointing that any CBP Twitter account was used to R/T offensive, unauthorized content,” Magnus tweeted. “This must not happen again.”

The content was revealed by Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy director of the American Immigration Council, who tweeted screenshots of the offensive remarks.

In one of the retweets, Miller wrote, “Violent criminals lay waste to our communities undisturbed while the immense power of the state is arrayed against those whose only crime is dissent.”

“The law has been turned from a shield to protect the innocent into a sword to conquer them,” Miller wrote. 

On Sunday, Miller slammed CBP for deactivating the account. 

“Joe Biden’s soulless open border crusade is killing thousands of innocents,” Miller tweeted. “Death and destruction everywhere. But instead of going after the murderous cartels, they are going after agents for RTs of pro-border messages. The Biden Administration hates the law and law enforcement.”